I was talking with my cousin about a rev I got about God while working in the garden. This happens often, and I thought I would start sharing them.
After a snow and ice storm, the plants inside the greenhouse still look AMAZING!
2 weeks ago, I saw ice-crystal-patterns on the outside of the plastic… I told my husband… I was NOT optimistic about the survival of the interior.
There was NEW growth people… NEW GROWTH! That’s a miracle, that’s God. Even in HARSH conditions, Christians can survive and grow. Remember that. Life has challenges.
I keep reminding my husband there is ALWAYS warm-stretches during the winter, but he’s always in AWE when it happens… every few weeks or so.
The coolest part is the return of GREEN. Clearly it doesn’t take much… I see what return the last time is still green this time…
no wonder weeds are hard to kill. Water + Heat = life. Word of God + stirring up the fire of God within you = life. Don’t wait weeks… do it regularly.
Found this gem while online (instead of the garden, but I did go outside):
“[ Continue to Live in Christ ] As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him.
Keep your roots
have your lives built on him.
Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.”
Ya see why I had to include it = deep roots are the strongest of life… drought doesn’t take you out.
No, I’m not a rapper.
“…meditate on His Word,
allowing His Truth to take root in your heart
impact every area of your life.” – JMM
From your heart flows all the issues of life.
When you received Christ, He gave you a new heart and came to live with you in it,
you still have to choose… every day, every decision. You still have a will. You still decide which way you are going to go.
I have found when I choose Him,
life is better.
His way is better than my way.
Wow… getting married & moving really slowed down my blogging.’
Just saw this
had to share it… it ‘fit’ so PERFECTLY on this page:
“We all have unfair situations and things we don’t like. You can get bitter, discouraged and sour, or you can see it as fertilizer and say, “This difficulty is not going to defeat me; it’s going to promote me. It’s not going to hinder me; it’s going to help me.” Don’t just go through it, grow through it.”
See John 15:7=abide in Him.
Tree scriptures … I hope to use one of these in my wedding … somehow:
-“and out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” – Genesis 2:9
-“…trees are not the enemy… you may cut down trees that you know are not fruit trees and use them to build” – Deuteronomy 20:19 & 20
-“…like cedar trees growing by the water.”- Numbers 24:6
Sn 10-13-13 @ FCC
“John 10:10 = Jesus came to give us life to the full. Till it overflows. Satan wants to sabotage and destroy God’s plans. Like transplanting a plant = roots are exposed = Can die. The enemy wants to divide and conqueror. God plants people (in church).
God planted you where He wanted you to be. In the nourishment God had for you.”
Spending time in the garden… in the morning and the evening… helps.
Methinks that’s why people who choose to spend time with God, before and after work… beginning and end of their day… do better … than most.
Live and learn,
sometimes, learn again.
God is good.
a friend planted another garden this fall… for veggies, to harvest before the frost. Huh. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before…
so I sowed a few packet of seeds that he suggested would like the cool evenings and warm days.
ALL of them have come up… in a shorter amount of time than they do in the spring! That’s so cool! God ROCKS! I could eat the sprouts like I did last year,
wait and see what fruit I get!
Is starting a new garden like starting a church?
Spoke to a CPA today about starting a 501c3… ministry.
I feel like God told me to get into Bible-counseling… to help people
with His Word.
His Word is free,
He helped me for free… just makes sense.
Gardened in the yard before and after the appointment…
One of the ‘new’ gardens is around a volunteered cedar tree… surrounded by rock. Last year I ‘planted’ (really just piled dirt around what I put down ‘cuz I could barely get into the ground. Then this year, the shovel has been going in! Sometimes not very far, but it’s amazing to me how quickly the ground is changing… become more, well, ‘welcoming.’
Is that how it goes with starting a new church = hard to start, hard to get established… yet with constant ‘watering’ of the Word, and new ‘planted’ christians, the ground of the church becomes more and more fertile.
God is so cool.
May He speak to you too, wherever you are, whatever you do.
Gardening makes me happy!
Even if it makes my body tired/sore/tight/cranky…
it’s still worth every minute!
I won’t be starting a church
I plan on
From a book I read, 1-16-13:
“If you cut off the weeds in your garden but fail to remove their roots, in no time, the weeds will grow again in your garden. That is what preaching about right living does in the church. Temporarily, the problem may appear to be resolved, but as long as the roots are still alive, the same wrong behavior, the same evil habits and the same addictions will appear again, just like stubborn weeds.”
– Joseph Prince, from ‘Unmerited Favor’
pink leaves… Yep. Saw them today on my drive to work… a whole cluster of small trees, all pink… If fuschia could be a light-pink, this is what you would get! They were not dogwood trees… I don’t know what they were, but just this morning I was enjoying my ‘new’ tree garden at home, the leaves of the trees are like a bloom of a flower. God is so smart! I really like it!
Grateful for rain, so beautiful outside, going to have to mow soon… rather things be alive, and have to be managed,
wonder if that’s how God feels too… why He leaves us here and hasn’t wiped us out again like the Flood.
Watering during the mega-heat wave of triple-digits has been beneficial for most of my plants,
especially my baby trees. They are growing like it’s spring! I wonder if that’s how we would be if we continued to water ourselves, daily (or more than once a day) with the water of the Word of the Lord? Would we sprout new branches? Methinks we would!
This morning realized a lot… about pruning… and watering the dead:
on pruning –
… it’s never been my idea of fun… I don’t like to be pruned. I’d rather let the green-stuff, grow, be free… but then I planted my first tree. It needed to be pruned, to develop right. Huh. Ponder… ponder.
Betty tells me, “cutting ’em back will cause the root to get bigger”… yep, my Mom said the same… works with all plants is my guess.
Ponder = is this why God ‘prunes’ us? So we will grow more roots… hello = it’s all about Him! When we seek Him we get stronger!
on watering the dead –
… several things I planted early in the spring, died pretty quickly = I felt incredibly guilty as I didn’t have the time to water them after planting. I’ve continued to water them in the hopes that they would return next spring… it’s happened before. Then a miracle = new green sprouts today after a multitude of extremely hot days >100 degrees! I had been watering EVERY day… they must have thought it was springtime!
Imagine what could happen to a ‘dead’ Christian that got the fresh water of the Word every day, even in extremely difficult situations = new growth! God is soooo smart!
… corruption (sin/temptation) happens because we allow little things… MERCY! … just like weeds!
Only mature plants have a chance of surviving transplanting…
and still ‘look’ healthy…
and that’s only if they get watered after transplanting (water is the Word… see Isaiah)
ever wonder about Christians who move around to different churches… best to stay in the Word if that’s your plan!
This is actually about house-plants, but still a thought to ponder…
so when I have a plant blooming, I want to move it to a more visible location… yet it’s blooming because it’s getting what it needs right where it’s at…
Thought: Why do some christians move churches just when they are starting to bloom. Is it wise?
Also a thought about liquid fence…
a new friend has been letting me borrow her supply to treat the plants the deer have been munchin’ on…
in the past, I had a dog = deer were not an issue.
I’ve learned that deer don’t like plants with smell… have you ever smelled liquid fence… oh my! Don’t spray it when you want to stay outside… that’s all I’m saying.
My thought: I had to spray the new growth early on so it had a chance to grow… maybe that’s what Word-intake does for a christian = we smell to the devil, and he has to leave us alone, because he just can’t stand our smell! Maybe that’s what speaking the Word does too!!! God is so cool! Be blessed!
Had LOTS of plants given to me this spring (Awesome that it started early with the nice weather!!!)…
only problem = only a few survived…
I didn’t get a chance to water them after planting. New Christians won’t do well either without the watering of the Word in their lives after giving their lives to Christ.
Last fall, I attended a small church with my Mom and got to see something VERY cool = the pastor’s wife took a new believer under her wing, did weekly Bible studies with her in her home, and within a month of her salvation, her mother and her sister joined her… in baptism too! Now that’s church-growth for all the right reasons!
Big churches and small churches each have their benefits (just like a big/small garden)…
each of us who call ourselves followers of Christ should be willing to ‘water’ new believers with the Word! I know I need it EVERY day! Without it, survival is difficult (same for the plants).
Years later, the ‘new’ believer is STILL livin’ for the Lord. Married now, and another baby on the way!
So I’m helping my Mom to pull weeds in her asparagus patch.
My aunt, her twin, helped her to plant it.
At the family farm, there’s a patch that’s over a 170 years old now. It’s incredible.
I think everyone should have one… they are beautiful. After harvesting for as long as you would like, you eventually let it grow to it’s full height… beautiful ferns.
I’m so glad there’s veggies that come back every year that don’t require re-planting… may God continue to bless me with tomatoes!
back to weeds…
and grass for that matter…
both pull water and nutrients from your garden… don’t leave ’em!
Recently I’ve had the opportunity to ‘thin’ out my own life…
I’ve let a lot in
that need not be…
simplifying is easier if you start that way… Help me LORD.
Simple is good… better than complicating your day with MORE, MORE, MORE. You only have so much time… how do you want to spend it?
Another thing happened today too
… helping Mom move logs,
a baby lizard was disturbed… so I moved him to the bigger wood pile. My Mom was surprised that I was willing to pick him up. Then she remembered that we (the cousins and I) use to catch lizards at the family reunion in the country (nothing else to do… geez, the restroom back then was an outhouse… no kiddin’!). For the last few years I’ve allowed lizards to live around my back patio. They are so cute. Last year I saw one that was the BIGGEST I’d ever seen… I asked one of my biology friends, who said it was probably near the end of it’s life… just a few years.
Don’t be afraid… of anything. Don’t label things as bad/scary… it might just add joy to your life!
sometimes you just don’t do well in some pots… sometimes you need to be planted in the ground… or you need a whole new environment.
Living life may bring changes, new is OK.
shortly after waking got this verse…
it’s all about growing:
“… all share the same precious faith – faith given to us by Jesus Christ, who makes us right with God.
May God bless you with His special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better.
As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for LIVING a godly life. We receive His own glory and goodness.
By that same mighty power, He has given us all His rich & wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in His divine nature. …make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life.
Then your faith will PRODUCE a life of moral excellence.
A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better.
Knowing God leads to self-control.
Self-control leads to patient endurance,
patient endurance leads to godliness.
Godliness leads to love for other Christians,
finally you will GROW to have genuine love for everyone.
The more you GROW like this, the more you will become productive
useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– 2 Peter: 1-5-8
Reminds me of “Step by Step” – Thank you Rich Mullins.
morning thoughts after reading my devotionals:
…our bodies are conductors, pathways between the supernatural and the natural:
the power of God flows thru us out into the physical world, to help others.
Like springs that produce rivers.
So I planted some seeds about a month ago, some have grown a few inches and some a few feet…
don’t compare yourself to other Christians… each of us has a purpose planned of God.
this is sort-of
about the garden,
I was pickin’ up a few groceries tonight, and saw flowers…
in the winter I generally purchase a bouquet, but tonight, I wasn’t even tempted. I have my own flowers, gardens are overflowing at home. I wonder if this is how marriage will be? Once I’m in a committed relationship, no temptation… see it, yes, but want it, no. Thank you God for showing me.
So far = good.
on cut flowers…
when they stop drinking water… it’s just a matter of time, even though they still look good… it’s over.
Christians can be this way too… when they stop taking in the Word on a daily basis… may still look good, speak good, perhaps even act good… but for how long without fresh intake of the Word.
Just a thought.
Spend time with God peeps. He’s the lover of your soul.
He already gave you His Spirit,
let Him renew your soul.
Your new body is promised too… in due time.
Eye doctor appointment… been going to the same guy since 3rd grade… can you tell I don’t like change!
He’s had the same receptionist for years as well…and for about the last 20 years, I’ve been helping with their office plants. She’s very enthusiastic, but methinks she perhaps doesn’t water often enough…the doc, well he’s very patient and kind. So generally every year, I stop by and check…most often they need to be re-potted… WITHOUT WATER plants will NOT flourish or grow… even their color pales… even their texture becomes ‘off’… they go into a maintain-only state = barely alive really, and will slowly die over time…
Remind you of some Christians ya know?
Once a week on Sunday just isn’t going to cut it. People are not cacti.
Water is like the Word.
We need it.
Gardening is pretty simple.
Life can be simple too.
Obey God… let Him water you by spending time with Him. That’s WHY He created you!
7-18-09…more on the same concept from above…
The new garden is still not quite complete,
there are weeds growing where the grass has been cleared – where I have not put in plants yet.
I see this as yet another example of God slowly letting the Israelites take over the promise land from the enemy.
The weeds are not bad, but yet they popped up when I didn’t do anything with the land… I think the same thing will happen in our lives if we don’t cultivate the ‘soil’ that has been ‘cleared’ by the message.
Out driving this morning and noticed some people don’t weed their gardens… weeds are distracting. Gardens are attractive and draw your eye with their color. Most people are attractive until you see the sin in their lives, then well… their garden ain’t so beautiful anymore… sin sucks.
The whole point of a garden is beauty. Why else plant stuff in geometric patterns or for their blooms or for their differing heights???
Weeds can ‘pop’ up at any time even if you are doing all the right things (like mulch & watering).
You have to check your garden…
you have to follow-up.
Sometimes you have to add more mulch… or water more often.
Gardens require WORK,
they are worth it.
Humans do much to add beauty to their lives. Why don’t they work on themselves as much as they do their gardens? For a beautiful garden, you might have to get out there more than once a week… kind of like going to church… reading the Bible… listening to the ‘right’ music… etc.
I was sharing some gardening stories with my cousin as she recently moved and been busy with mulch, etc. I mentioned pulling weeds after rain is much better than spraying poison on them. “:Yeah”, she said, “the poison doesn’t really kill them, you have to get them out by the root.” Yabetcha!
After you HEAR and RECEIVE the Word of God (like rain), deal with your deep issues… sin… problems… whatever you wanna call ’em… God will help you get the root out!
I actually have some more entries for this page in the car from earlier this year, but they will have to come later…
here’s a note from May 23rd:
I have felt ‘overwhelmed’… at first I didn’t realize it as I was just too tired to deal with putting in a new garden…digging up grass sucks.
I realized while looking at what I had to do (from the swing) that like the Israelites, I would have to clear a little at a time… I didn’t have to plant the new garden all at once, I could do it in sections! I didn’t have enough time to do it all at once anyway…nor the energy. Plus all the plants had been given to me = FREE!!! No need to feel overwhelmed…all will be established in due time!
Today a flower is going to open in my garden.
I planted it as seed last year,
it only grew to about 3 inches tall all last summer…never bloomed.
This year it’s about 3 foot high and covers about 2 foot of ground, covered with blooms.
Makes me think about people…give them a chance to bloom. It may take a few seasons in the garden before you see anything.
Pastor Jeff has mentioned sowing/reaping several times over the last month.